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Printer head won't go back into non print position

The printer fed too much paper and stopped, I pulled the paper out from the back. Now the printer head won't cycle into it's non print position. It tries, but it is sitting up too high.

I only use this printer for photos and so even though it's several years old, it's like new because I don't use it for every day printing.

The error that comes up says "A printer error has occured. Please see your manuel" Which I did and it said to call Epson, which I did and they say I need to take it in for service. Can I fix this myself or do I really need to take it into have it serviced. Epson said to buy a new printer of course.

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The issue that your having is a hardware issue. There might be something wrong with the gears or the printhead. This is a very complex process if your going to fix it yourself.

Posted on Feb 07, 2008

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